It was my pleasure to share portions of the first chapters of this book on Jesus in some previous blogs. The first chapter tells of Our Lord’s integral role in Creation with His Father, and then after the “fall into sin” by Adam and Eve, His passionate desire to find a way with His Father to restore Their Creation to an eternal “Garden of Eden” fellowship in Heaven. The entire Trinity was involved intimately in this process for it to come to pass.
First, the Father had to make specific preparations to develop a Godly people on earth, which took many generations past the lives of Adam and Eve once they were exiled from Eden. The Holy Spirit was clearly active to direct the hearts of the patriarchs throughout these early generations of: Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, and the many prophets of the Old Testament who were also inspired to give prophesies of the coming Messiah.
Through the life of Joseph, God later formed His Own people in Goshen of Egypt over a period of over 400 years, then through Moses and Joshua, He created the Israelite Nation, which unfortunately was not thoroughly faithful until after their tragic experience under the Babylonian exile who under God’s influence finally released them to return to Jerusalem, rebuild the Temple, and recreate their nation.
Then another 400 years was initiated for the coming of the Messiah, however, only certain selected prophesies were expected to be fulfilled by the Pharisees and Sadducees. They were expecting the majestic, heavenly, and obvious arrival of the Messiah to liberate them from the tyranny of Rome and recreate Israel as a new, free, and most powerful nation of God.
However, God had a different plan for His Son which was a Messiah to arrive in complete humility and secrecy in a manger and bed of straw. Only a very few, besides Mary and Joseph, knew or received the announcement of His arrival on earth. There were the shepherds watching their flocks at night whom the angels appeared and announced Jesus’s arrival, then a man and a woman in the Temple who recognized the Baby Jesus as the Messiah, and the Wise men.
God’s plan was for His Son to demonstrate to mankind daily the love and mercy of the Father, to usher in a new Kingdom of God in which animal sacrifices and the priestly roles and the Holy of Holies in the Temple would not be necessary. Jesus’s voluntary sacrifice of His sinless self on the cross would negate the need of any other sacrifice. On the cross the immense weight of the sin of all mankind descended upon Him. Jesus gave Himself up for us, and three days later was resurrected with a glorified body and new life, which is what He has prepared for each of us who believes in Him.
Jesus’s life on earth completely changed the traditional Jewish practice of animal sacrifices, the supreme importance of the Temple, and the pivotal role of the priests. All of this put the Jewish leaders in a constant confrontational mode with Jesus on a daily basis because they would not accept Him as the Messiah. But this was all part of God’s perfect plan. He used their denial, resentment, and perpetual anger toward the Son as the vehicle to crucify Him, because this who else could have exercised the power to have this happen. And without the sacrifice of his Son, the redemption of sin would not have occurred as was completely necessary for our salvation.
For salvation each person must first honestly recognize their own sin, confess it, and sincerely admit and believe that Jesus has died for them. Then HE comes to live in their hearts and the Holy Spirit also fills them with spiritual power to live a truly Godly life on earth and be an effective instrument for His Kingdom here. Then after life on earth they will enjoy true fellowship with the Father and Son in Heaven for all eternity.
The purpose of this book is to magnify Jesus’s role throughout the creation, the history of the world, and His life here to be much more personal than we might perceive. He desires a deeply personal experience with each of us He saved. His specific inspiration to me was to share His devoted determination from the very beginning to restore and save His fallen creation.
You may order a copy of the book on my website at this link:http://questforthebeatitudes.org/jesus-our-lord-on-earth-book/ and it will be my privilege to send you a signed copy from the inventory of books I have on hand. My prayer is that this book will be a blessing to your life and walk with Our Lord. Have a most blessed 2016!